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Dice game gone bad linked to fatal shooting

Two men fatally shot early Saturday in Buffalo’s Walden-Genesee neighborhood were also armed and may have been seeking revenge for a dice game held earlier in the night.

However, someone got to them first, a source familiar with the case said.

The victims were 30 and 32 years old. Police did not release their identities Saturday, as investigators continue to piece together what happened.

Police were called at about 1 a.m. Saturday to the scene of the shooting in the 300 block of May Street, just east of Concordia Cemetery, between Walden Avenue and Genesee Street.

A car at the scene – which apparently belonged to the victims – had crashed and was flipped onto its roof, police said. The 30-year-old was found dead near the vehicle. The 32-year-old was rushed to Erie County Medical Center, where he later died, police said.

“Police believe that the victims were involved in an earlier incident and are looking to see if the shooting is connected,” said Michael J. DeGeorge, a police spokesman.

One of the victims was found with a gun, the source said. Both of them had criminal records, the source added.

“There was some sort of incident involving a dice game beforehand,” the source said. “They left and then maybe were coming back to the scene.”

“They may have been going back to shoot somebody when, in essence, they got cut off and got shot,” the source said.

Investigators interviewed two other people who were inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting, the source added.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the police tipline at 847-2255.

Also, Buffalo police have made an arrest in connection with the Saturday afternoon stabbing of two males on Burgard Place, near Hazel Place.

Details of the attack, which occurred at about 3 p.m. Saturday, remain sketchy.

The two were transported to ECMC with non-life-threatening injuries, DeGeorge said.

The suspect, who has yet to be identified, is also at ECMC, in police custody, DeGeorge added.